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Saturday, August 4, 2012

COLUMBIA, SC - Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott is releasing a composite sketch of a man that may look similar to an indecent exposure suspect.

The sketch comes courtesy of a forensic artist at the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED).

The indecent exposure incident reportedly occurred on Thursday, August 2, 2012 shortly after 8:30 p.m. at 1351 Jim Hamilton Boulevard.

A female reported to investigators that she was running laps around the track at Owens Field Park when she saw a man standing on the hill behind the park.

At that time he was wearing a gray shirt and gray/blue shorts and sunglasses.

The woman adds that when she made her final lap around the track, the man was completely naked.

Since she did not have her phone with her, she called police when she arrived home safely.

The woman describes the suspect as possibly being a 50-year-old white male, standing 5’8” and weighing 200 pounds.

CPD Investigators have not made a direct connection with this indecent exposure case to other similar crimes.

CPD is working with a SLED forensic artist to design a composite sketch of the suspect.

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